Columbia Baseball in the Pros - 2014 Review
NEW YORK – With the calendar moving to September, the minor league baseball regular season has come to a close with several former Columbia baseball players excelling for their respective teams.
Dario Pizzano was called up to the Jackson Generals, the AA affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in the Southern League. Pizzano played in 81 games after his promotion, hitting .228 with five homers, 14 doubles and 55 RBI.
David Speer proved to be a valuable commodity out of the bullpen for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Short A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in the NY Penn League. Speer had a solid rookie campaign, going 3-1 with 2.74 ERA in 14 appearances. The 2014 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year carried his pinpoint control into the professional ranks, striking out 47 batters, compared to just eight walks in 42.2 innings of work.
Tim Giel made relief appearances in 18 games with the Staten Island Yankees, the NY Penn League (Short A) affiliate of the New York Yankees. The right-handed hurler posted a 1-1 record with three saves and 30 K’s in 31 innings.
Jon Eisen continued his strong season with the Southern Illinois Miners in the Frontier League, hitting .305 in 187 at bats to go with 35 walks and 10 stolen bases in 61 games. However, Eisen has been on the shelf since Aug. 11 battling an injury. The Miners advanced to the postseason and began its first round series on Sep. 2.
Joey Donino and Mike Fischer helped the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League win the regular season pennant and will open up the best-of-seven league championship series this weekend against the New Jersey Jackals.
Donino finished the regular season 5-4 with a 4.31 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 10 starts. He came up big for the Boulders in the final week of the season, tossing a combined 11 scoreless innings in two starts. His battery mate, Fischer, has been behind the plate in seven of Donino’s last eight starts.